As the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit is in its early stages, it is difficult to know what the average settlement amount will be.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act has passed both chambers of the House and was signed into law by President Biden in August 2022.
Soon after the PACT Act and the Camp Lejeune Justice Act were signed into law, an administrative claims process was set up and claimants using legal representatives began to file their claims with the Navy JAG.
Since then, lawsuits have been filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina on behalf of claimants whose claims were not adjudicated within the initial six-month window.
If you or a loved one lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987, you may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune claim.
Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation. You can also use the chatbot on this page to find out if you qualify for the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit instantly.
In this blog, we will go over potential Camp Lejeune Water Contamination settlement amounts, how settlement compensation payout amounts could be determined, and how to find a law firm to represent you.
The CBO estimated that Camp Lejeune’s settlement payouts and legal expenses will account for $6.7 billion of that figure.
This is in NO WAY a guarantee that the settlement amount will be that figure, higher than that figure, or lower than that figure. This is strictly the information we have at this moment as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act has been enacted.
Scroll to the bottom of this page for a full comprehensive breakdown of the budget allocated in the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022.
Water contamination is a huge issue in the United States, and when possible, lawyers have fought to hold those responsible for endangering the public accountable for their actions.
Although legal action against governmental agencies for water contamination has not been undertaken before, there have been numerous significant settlements reached with companies that have contaminated water sources:
While it has been difficult to hold the Federal Government or Military agencies, such as the Marine Corps in the case of Camp Lejeune, accountable for their actions, private contractors have faced legal action for exposing veterans and their family members to toxic substances.
A few examples of private contractors being held accountable for damages caused to military veterans include:
The Federal Government assembled a task force to study and identify military bases across the country where water contamination has been found.
This list of bases where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in groundwater may just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of toxic substances leaking into drinking water supplies.
In late 2021, it was reported that underground fuel storage tanks leaked approximately 19,000 gallons of jet fuel into drinking water wells at the Navy’s World War II era Red Hill Facility. The Navy was ordered by the Hawaii State Government to halt operations.
At Fort Ord in California, military exercises and a lackadaisical approach to disposing of dangerous chemicals resulted in rampant water contamination.
Veterans exposed to the toxic water at Fort Ord were diagnosed with cancer and other life-altering and deadly health conditions.
Veterans and family members stationed at Camp Lejeune have been routinely denied health care benefits and disability benefits for exposure to contaminated drinking water.
Previously, the U.S. Navy denied all civil claims related to Camp Lejeune water contamination in order to “free everybody to take their own course of action.”
Or, in other words, to avoid responsibility for exposing our nation’s bravest to some of the world’s most toxic water.
According to Reveal, an investigative news outlet, the VA approved only about 25% of claims for Camp Lejeune water contamination.
For decades, several deadly toxic substances and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contaminated drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and the nearby Marine Corps Air Station New River.
Toxic chemicals, such as Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), Trichloroethylene (TCE), Vinyl Chloride, Benzene, and up to 70 other contaminants leaked into the Camp Lejeune water supply at unregulated levels.
You can learn more about the dangerous chemicals present, and what caused the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune, here.
The main sources of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune include the following water treatment plants:
An off base dry cleaner near Tarrawa Terrace Treatment Plant was the main source of PCE and TCE contamination.
Scientific and medical evidence from organizations such as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have identified the risks involved with Camp Lejeune water contamination.
Veterans, family members, civilian workers, and others exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune have developed cancer and life-altering health conditions including:
With President Biden’s pending signature, the PACT Act will become federal law.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows those exposed to toxic substances in the water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 the ability to sue and recover damages.
Countless Camp Lejeune victims lost their lives, and legal recourse has been difficult due to a North Carolina statute that barred legal action against governmental agencies.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act overrides those restrictions and will allow victims to pursue compensation and new health benefits for toxic exposure.
The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act affords new health care benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service.
The PACT Act is estimated to help up to 3.5 million veterans, including those exposed at Camp Lejeune, in military burn pits, and in countless other situations where veterans were exposed to toxic chemicals.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination settlement amounts will depend on multiple factors as mentioned previously.
In order to give yourself the best chance at an adequate settlement relative to your injuries and exposure, it’s important that you collect all evidence relevant to your case, and have an attorney help you determine the damages incurred.
Evidence is the crucial basis for all lawsuits, but it is especially important for former Camp Lejeune residents seeking compensation.
Evidence for a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit may include:
When you have gathered pieces of key evidence, our Camp Lejeune Lawyers will help you to refine your case and assess damages.
Damages are the total amount the defendant is liable to pay to the plaintiff to compensate for the damage that they have caused.
Damages in a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit may include:
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The settlement amount for each individual case will differ based upon the injuries suffered, conditions diagnosed, time spent at the base, and more.
Lawsuit settlements would also contain damages incurred, which can include medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional damages, and more. Depending on injuries suffered, conditions diagnosed, and evidence available, individual settlement amounts for exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune could be significant.
Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement amounts could be between $10,000 and over $1,000,000 depending on the strength of your case.
These estimates for Camp Lejeune settlement amounts are only estimations based on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) budget for Camp Lejeune claims. These estimates are not a guarantee by any means of certain compensation for Camp Lejeune settlements.
Visit this page for more updates on settlement amounts for Camp Lejeune lawsuits as the information becomes more widely available.
Water contamination at Camp Lejeune was caused by spills or leaks from underground storage tanks, waste disposal sites, businesses, and more.
Because of this, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) were found in the water serving the base housing and a variety of other buildings.
These VOCs included:
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which has been signed into law by President Biden as part of the PACT Act, will allow victims who meet the qualifying criteria to pursue a claim and/or legal action.
The Camp Lejeuene Justice Act allows victims to file an administrative claim with the Navy JAG/Tort Claims Unit. If not adjudicated and settled within six (6) months, claimants are able to file a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
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